A Canticle for Leibowitz | Critical Essay by Hugh Rank

This literature criticism consists of approximately 7 pages of analysis & critique of A Canticle for Leibowitz.
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A curious book, which defies narrow categories, [A Canticle for Leibowitz] contains elements of satire, science-fiction, fantasy, humor, sectarian religious propaganda, and an apocalyptic "utopian" vision. Although much of its meaning can be discerned by any perceptive reader, it can be better understood with a few footnotes which place it in the context of recent "Catholic" writing. (pp. 213-14)

Because characterization in satire does not present a particular person so much as it illustrates a type, the satirist must not only avoid a trite repetition of commonplace stereotypes, but must also avoid the other extreme of obscuring the type by a fuller development of character. The essential characteristics of the type must be presented in clear terms. By this criterion, A Canticle for Leibowitz is uneven. Many standard stereotypes of "Catholic" writing appear in the book, but some passages do develop unique presentations of types...

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